Sounds and the City

I met – not Lexie Rose – but her mom at the Peppermint Club in July. I got my hands on a promotional card with a code to hear Lexie’s newest single (at the time), “Wrong”, and was hooked. Shortly thereafter I met Lexie Rose herself at Lemonade in Glendale. Over lunch we chatted about growing up in the Valley and handling school and music.

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  Listen to “White Rabbit” and get to know Annabelle Maginnis of MetronOhm with ten facts. 1. “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” Maginnis writes with chalk around Los Angeles when promoting shows or new work. A favorite tagline for MetronOhm’s music? “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” If these walls could talk. ❤️ ???? ???? Can't believe someone answered my question with our lyrics… who done it?! I appreciate you! A post shared by MetronOhm (@metronohmmusic) on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:06am PDT 2. “I felt like I had to” Maginnis started with violin around age READ MORE

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  I saw LIILY perform on the back patio at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park on a July evening. I first met Dylan Nash, the band’s vocalist, who went in for a hug while I precociously (and pretentiously) went in for a hand shake. He took the stage with his band later in the evening. Impeccable timing and tangible chemistry and love made for a remarkable, intimate, and just plain feel-good performance from LIILY. It’s clear: the boys are a band of brothers and best friends and have no hang ups about showing and sharing their love for each other. Their genuine friendship READ MORE

Sounds and the City

Get to know Suburban Chanteuse Katie Cunningham as we trek around her native La Canada in her gold Jeep. Born on the east coast, Cunningham, an “r&b pop fusion” artist, spent part of her formative years in Colorado before moving farther west to La Canada Flintridge. (listen to her love letter to Colorful Colorado here) Katie meets me at Zeli Coffee Bar (La Canada’s single independent coffee shop, now closed) before she takes me on a tour of our hometown on a July afternoon. Read on for 9 Fast Facts to learn why Cunningham is “Nobody’s Second Best”. Katie Cunningham 1. Upon graduating from La READ MORE

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“He said really I just want to dance / Good and evil match perfect, it’s a great romance” listen on Apple Music or Spotify Elliott Smith left his heart in Los Angeles, right on Lemoyne Street off of Sunset Blvd in Echo Park on October 21, 2003. On the 14th anniversary of his death, I bring you “A Fond Farewell” as a fond memoriam of his heartbreaking, twisted, and tragic legacy encapsulating the dark side of being an Angeleno.   cumulative Sounds and the City 2017 playlist READ MORE


“You belong somewhere you feel free” Take a moment that’s all your own to think about those you love most and what in your life brings you the utmost joy. In light of violence, heartbreak, and unjust events, music is here to heal wounds and jumpstart hearts. We can’t forget that. “Wildflowers” warmly embraces and uplifts the forlorn and inspires the movers and shakers to keep working to better their surroundings. Rest in Peace, Tom Petty; thank you for sharing your Angeleno art and heart with us. READ MORE

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“I can hear the waves / I can see the sky / I can smell the air / but I can’t see the light” Set to a whimsical, childlike, easygoing melody, Parker Rose’s “True Blue” lyrics are anything but light. The track tackles relationships and making peace with heartbreak. Through shots of the LACMA lampposts, a colorful grocery store, and Los Angeles’ nightly glitz and glimmer, Parker Rose tells a tale of finding your way and finding your light; it gets better. “This song is a perfect summation of my feelings drawn from relationships I’ve had with people over the years. I went through many READ MORE

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An Angeleno by way of London, Kate Nash’s visuals in My Little Alien evoke bohemian, desert-centric Southern California nostalgia. “My Little Alien” is lyrically reminiscent of 60s girl group love songs dedicated to their heartthrobs and Nash’s canine companion is the object of her Supremes-reminiscent infatuation. READ MORE

The Weekend,” written in Sizzy’s San Fernando Valley bedroom, swells with audible pangs of nostalgia. While the track is wholly raw and personal, the verses incorporate a coffee table aspect; it’s as if you’re sitting across from Sizzy as she recounts her time with this girl. The track’s visions of snowy Manhattan roof tops and faded red solo cups evoke the cross-coastal memory of love on the weekend. READ MORE

The video accompanying Sam Outlaw’s “Angeleno” zeroes in on an Americana couple embarking on life together in Los Angeles. Shots of Downtown and the Hollywood Walk of Fame cover Los Angeles’ trademark postcard views and the Angeleno couple brings a lesser known element of all-American grit characteristic of true Angelenos. READ MORE